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Old 02-21-09, 07:59 AM
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Last night I was shot with a paintball gun!

SMACK right against my left thigh! It came from a car passing me in the opposite lane. It certainly stung, but I knew what it was right away, not only because I heard the shot and felt the impact, but because my thigh was covered in RED PAINT!!!!

RUDE! I'm from Baltimore, MD and I was riding through a rougher part of town, but I am certain this was carried out by college guys. It was past midnight so who knows, they may have been intoxicated too.

It all happened so fast that I wasn't able to get their tag numbers either. Oh well, I just hope God smites them!!!@
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Originally Posted by Sgtsalt View Post
SMACK right against my left thigh! It came from a car passing me in the opposite lane. It certainly stung, but I knew what it was right away, not only because I heard the shot and felt the impact, but because my thigh was covered in RED PAINT!!!!

RUDE! I'm from Baltimore, MD and I was riding through a rougher part of town, but I am certain this was carried out by college guys. It was past midnight so who knows, they may have been intoxicated too.

It all happened so fast that I wasn't able to get their tag numbers either. Oh well, I just hope God smites them!!!@
Rude, indeed!
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at least report it.
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Ouch.

On the other hand, I have often thought paint ball guns would be a nice "defense" for cyclists... mark up those cars who's drivers are acting in an ahole manner toward cyclists. The paint would indicate to both other cyclists and LEOs that the motorist within needs special attention.

Of course there is no way this sort of thing would ever be accepted by motorists, and no doubt would have severe negative ramifications...

But I can still dream, can't I?
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
I have often thought paint ball guns would be a nice "defense" for cyclists... mark up those cars who's drivers are acting in an ahole manner toward cyclists. The paint would indicate to both other cyclists and LEOs that the motorist within needs special attention.
Those for whom it's still too gunnish could carry squids.
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Originally Posted by Sgtsalt View Post
SMACK right against my left thigh! It came from a car passing me in the opposite lane. It certainly stung, but I knew what it was right away, not only because I heard the shot and felt the impact, but because my thigh was covered in RED PAINT!!!!

RUDE! I'm from Baltimore, MD and I was riding through a rougher part of town, but I am certain this was carried out by college guys. It was past midnight so who knows, they may have been intoxicated too.

It all happened so fast that I wasn't able to get their tag numbers either. Oh well, I just hope God smites them!!!@
If those college boys pull that stunt on the wrong person in Baltimore, they're likely to receive return fire from a real gun. Baltimore is one of the most dangerous cities in America, right?

Being shot with a paintball gun is not a harmless prank. It's assault.
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You were riding at midnight? In a bad part of Baltimore???

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Happened to me a few years ago... some miscreants in a dark Explorer at 9-10pm or so on Stelling just past the 280 overcrossing in Cupertino. I was riding along, heard some clicking and then something hit my arm, I assumed it was a rock or something. I had absolutely no idea (not having been exposed to a lot of paintball stuff) what hit me until I got home a few miles later and saw the orange paint stuck to the new welt my right forearm.

Dirty shame I never got the plates off of that Explorer.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
at least report it.
Bingo.

Odds are you aren't the only one and the police may already have either other victims with a tag number or a witness report waiting for a victim complaint. You might be the proverbial missing link.
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Originally Posted by noteon View Post
Those for whom it's still too gunnish could carry squids.
What is a squid... in this context?
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Ouch, been there. I caught one on the ear piece of my glasses. That was the only thing that stopped me from getting hit in the temple with a pink paint ball.

I'll second the request for God to smite anyone who shoots one of those things at any of us.

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Old 02-21-09, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by oddtanlines View Post
You were riding at midnight?
You say that like it's a bad thing!
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You're lucky. He/she was probably aiming for your face.....
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Originally Posted by ChipSeal View Post
You say that like it's a bad thing!
gotta quote with the full context


some places you just don't, other places it's funner that way.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Ouch.

On the other hand, I have often thought paint ball guns would be a nice "defense" for cyclists... mark up those cars who's drivers are acting in an ahole manner toward cyclists. The paint would indicate to both other cyclists and LEOs that the motorist within needs special attention.
+1

The paint is temporary so they only have the mark until they arrive at their destination and wipe it off.
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Originally Posted by Sgtsalt View Post
Oh well, I just hope God smites them!!!@
I hear you and second that.
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Ouch,

Never got shot with a paintball gun, but I have been shot with a pellet gun while riding. My sympathies.
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Ouch,

Never got shot with a paintball gun, but I have been shot with a pellet gun while riding. My sympathies.
Never got shot but had a Slurpee thrown at me in Las Vegas (while wearing a 7-11 jersey btw).
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What is a squid... in this context?
I'm guessing a water/squirt gun.
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As a paintball player myself, I'm constantly pissed at the stories I hear of drive by paintballings. It IS assault. Attacking a cyclist with one simply makes things worse in my eyes.

Report it. Along with any details of the car. Chances are, if they shot at you, they shot at others or buildings.

As fast as carrying one yourself? Forget about it. I guarantee, even if you're cut off by a vehicle and mark it, the cops will not look to fondly on you for it. Leave it for the field.
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I've been pondering getting one of those digital video cameras. If you had the whole incident recorded, and got their plate numbers, do you think that you could bring the video to police to prosecute them?
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I agree with Tobais. Report it. I used to play for eight years and I also worked for a magazine as a photographer that covered paintball tournaments. I'm hoping that these were some kids who didn't know any better. If they knew about raising the velocity and changing the firing settings on the circuit board, it could have been more serious or even fatal.

In capable hands, markers can shoot over 25 balls a second. Mix that with a velocity well over 300 feet per second and you have trouble. Think one ball stings? Try getting around nine to ten in a string, at close range.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Ouch.

On the other hand, I have often thought paint ball guns would be a nice "defense" for cyclists... mark up those cars who's drivers are acting in an ahole manner toward cyclists. The paint would indicate to both other cyclists and LEOs that the motorist within needs special attention.

Of course there is no way this sort of thing would ever be accepted by motorists, and no doubt would have severe negative ramifications...

But I can still dream, can't I?
Is there a paint ball gun small enough that would be easy to mount to a bike, pull out and use all while a car is passing too close?
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
I'm guessing a water/squirt gun.

Filled with water based permenant dye shot at high pressure.
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Is there a paint ball gun small enough that would be easy to mount to a bike, pull out and use all while a car is passing too close?
I don't know... honestly the only time I have ever used one was back over 10 years ago when a friend "chartered" a paintball place for a party and I was invited... it was fun... however, the paintballs did sting pretty good when you were shot. There was no second guessing. I was using a pretty crappy rental gun at the time... large and not really "hidable."

I chose to be a sniper, and found places to hide while slowly working my way to the "goal." I would pop up when anyone from the other team approached... and then I "took them out." There were a couple guys that apparently did this often and had "machine gun" paintball guns... single shooters like me didn't stand a chance against them.

All in all that is my only experience... so I really know nothing about what might be currently available.

The paintball "defense" for cyclists was a fantasy... it really would not be a good idea. I could easily see how some motorist might retaliate with their vehicle; not a good scenario.
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